Driving without a Licence/MOT/Insurance and Driving whilst Disqualified

Drivers in the UK are required, by law, to hold a valid licence, MOT and car insurance. Police run checks on all vehicles on the roads using automatic number plate recognition cameras, which can check whether a vehicle is taxed and insured and has a valid MOT.

If you have an international driving licence, you can check whether you will be able to drive in the United Kingdom using this online tool.

If you are a long-term visitor holding a valid international licence, you can use it for 12 months from when you enter the UK. You must then apply for a UK provisional licence and take a driving test if you wish to continue driving.

Driving while disqualified is considered to be a more serious criminal offence, as it constitutes driving following a ban imposed by a court. As a person is unable to be insured to drive whilst disqualified, a driver would additionally be guilty of driving without insurance.

Driving whilst disqualified can lead to fines of up to £5,000 or 6 months’ imprisonment and further disqualification from driving. See Driving Disqualification for Repeated Offences (‘Totter Offences’) [HYPERLINK] for further information.

Our specialist motoring law solicitors at Nicholls & Nicholls are able to advise on a range of driving offences. We can also provide representation in court to ensure the fairest outcome in relation to sentencing. Contact us today for a bespoke quote and assistance.

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